Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)


New law creates interagency safety group



New law creates interagency safety group
The House of Representatives and the Senate recently passed the RESPONSE Act of 2016, in an effort “to enhance emergency responder training for incidents involving hazardous-materials rail transportation.” The bill passed the House on November 29, and the Senate on December 10, before being signed into law by President Obama… Read More

FEMA releases 2016 National Preparedness Report



FEMA releases 2016 National Preparedness Report
Earlier this month the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced the publication of its 2016 National Preparedness Report. The report, which was issued this spring, evaluates core capabilities of U.S. government agencies tasked with providing emergency preparedness and response. FEMA’s report highlights several DHS initiatives,… Read More

Assessment needed for National Disaster Recovery Framework



Assessment needed for National Disaster Recovery Framework
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently published a report on the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) implementation of the National Disaster Recovery Framework, which provides the overarching interagency coordination structure for the recovery phase of incidents and calls for a “whole community” approach to recovery. The report, GAO-16-476, examines FEMA’s… Read More

FEMA looking for National Advisory Council applicants



FEMA looking for National Advisory Council applicants
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is looking for qualified individuals who are interested in serving on FEMA’s National Advisory Council (NAC). The NAC advises the FEMA administrator on all aspects of emergency management, ensuring effective and ongoing coordination of federal preparedness, protection, response, recovery, and mitigation for natural disasters,… Read More

NIST releases new Community Resilience Planning Guide



NIST releases new Community Resilience Planning Guide
In late October, the U.S. Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) issued the Community Resilience Planning Guide for Buildings and Infrastructure Systems to help U.S. communities better withstand and recover from natural disasters and other hazards.  The guide was developed by NIST with the help of specialists… Read More

GAO testifies on FEMA progress since Katrina, Sandy



GAO testifies on FEMA progress since Katrina, Sandy
Last week the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released their testimony on the progress made by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) since Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy. The testimony is based on previous GAO reports that were issued between 2012 and 2015, and audits the progress FEMA has made in national… Read More

FEMA releases updated National Preparedness Goal



FEMA releases updated National Preparedness Goal
In September the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) released the updated National Preparedness Goal. The National Preparedness Goal defines what it means for the whole community to be prepared for all types of disasters and emergencies, including natural disasters, disease pandemics, chemical spills and other manmade hazards, terrorist attacks, and… Read More

GAO evaluates Red Cross, interagency cooperation



GAO evaluates Red Cross, interagency cooperation
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently published a report assessing the American Red Cross’s cooperation with U.S. government agencies when providing disaster relief services. The report addresses the nature and extent of the Red Cross’s disaster services, how the Red Cross coordinates with the federal government on disaster assistance, and… Read More

FEMA collaboration reviewed by GAO



FEMA collaboration reviewed by GAO
Earlier this month the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report assessing the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) disaster logistics efforts with interagency partners. GAO examined FEMA’s ability to deliver goods to disaster survivors, focusing on how well FEMA collaborated with federal partners and with state and local stakeholders. GAO… Read More

National Preparedness Month begins



National Preparedness Month begins
This week marked the beginning of National Preparedness Month, and U.S. government agencies are encouraging their personnel and all other Americans to be prepared at all times to respond quickly to disasters and emergencies. According to Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work, “Preparedness is the shared responsibility of our entire nation.”… Read More